A new report reveals a massive decline in trust for the ANC, by the people of South Africa, while the country’s president is also suffering from an image problem.
The proportion of South Africans who say they trust the president “somewhat” or “a
lot” has dropped by almost half between 2011 and 2015, from 62% to 34%, according to a survey conducted by Afrobarometer.
The SA team of the African research network interviewed 2,400 adults in August and September 2015.
It found that trust in elected political leaders – president, parliament, local government councils and the premier – is relatively low among supporters of the opposition parties
– 29% for the DA and 25% for EFF, lowest for Gauteng residents (28%), the younger generations (18 – 30 years) at 36%.
South Africa’s fourth democratic local government elections in August 2016 will be a test for the long-ruling but troubled African National Congress (ANC).
The survey found that trust in the ANC has also waned substantially, from 61% in 2011, to 43%.
Afrobarometer said that with South Africa facing economic difficulties and corruption
scandals, at the time of the survey (August – September 2015) could have contributed to a
dramatic drop in public trust.
However, the country continues to face economic difficulties so far in 2016, with the unemployment rate at its worst levels on record, and a recession still very much in play.
The president meanwhile continues to lurch from one controversy to the next.
The ANC has admitted that it has suffered as a result of the the scandals that follow the president which include a controversial relationship with the Gupta family, who have been accused of attempted state capture, while upgrades to his homestead at Nkandla have also hurt the political party’s public image.
A recent report by the Mail & Guardian noted that the ANC is set to present a plan to its National Executive Committee (NEC) with recommendations on how president Jacob Zuma can bow out of government.
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